JUNYOKAN!

IJN KINU: Tabular Record of Movement

© 1997-2014 Bob Hackett and Sander Kingsepp
Revision 6


17 January 1921:
Kobe. Laid down at Kawasaki's shipyard.

10 May 1922:
Captain (later Rear Admiral) Yano Umakichi (28)(former CO of NOMA) is posted Chief Equipping Officer.

29 May 1922:
Launched and named KINU.

10 November 1922:
Completed and registered in the IJN. Captain Yano is the CO.

1 December 1923:
Captain (later Admiral) Oikawa Koshiro (31) assumes command.

20 December 1923:
Kure. KINU enters drydock. Her four turbines are removed as they failed during operational use.

1 January 1924:
An unknown officer assumes command.

E May 1924 :
Undocked. KINU rejoins the fleet with a new set of turbines.

1 November 1926:
Captain (later Vice Admiral) Ono Yaichi (33)(former CO of SHIRIYA) assumes command.

15 November 1927:
An unknown officer assumes command.

1 December 1930:
Captain (later Vice Admiral) Sakamoto Ikuta (36)(former CO of KURI) assumes command.

1 December 1931:
An unknown officer assumes command.

15 November 1935:
Captain (later Vice Admiral) Miwa Shigeyoshi (39) assumes command.

1 December 1936:
Captain (later Vice Admiral) Ishikawa Shigeru (40)(former XO of YURA) assumes command.

1 December 1937:
An unknown officer assumes command.

11 August 1941:
Captain (Rear Admiral, posthumously) Kato Yoshiro (43) assumes command.

20 November 1941:
KINU is flagship of Rear Admiral Yoshitomi Setsuzo's (39)(former XO of KAGA) SubRon 4. Departs Iwakuni with SubDiv 18's I-53, I-54 and I-55 and SubDiv 19's I-56, I-57 and I-58.

26 November 1941:
Arrives at Samah, Hainan Island, China.

2 December 1941:
KINU receives the coded signal "Niitakayama nobore (Climb Mt. Niitaka) 1208" from the Combined Fleet. It signifies that hostilities will commence on 8 December (Japan time).[1]

4 December 1941:
Departs Samah.

8 December 1941: Operation "E" - The Invasion of Malaya:
During the landings on the Malay peninsula, the KINU cruises SE of Indochina off Poulo Condore Island.

9 December 1941: The Pursuit of the Royal Navy's "Force Z":
Near Poulo Condore. At 1415, the I-65 reports that she has spotted "two enemy battleships, course 340, speed 14 knots". This is Vice Admiral Sir Tom Phillips' Force "Z's" new battleship HMS PRINCE OF WALES, old battlecruiser HMS REPULSE, destroyers HMS ELECTRA, EXPRESS, TENEDOS and Australian destroyer HMAS VAMPIRE. Phillips had sortied from Singapore to find and attack the Malaya invasion transports.

I-65's report is received by KINU, SubRon 5's flagship light cruiser YURA and the 81th Naval Communications Unit in Saigon. The reception is poor and it takes another 1.5 hours to decode and relay the message to Vice Admiral Ozawa Jisaburo (former CO of HARUNA) aboard his flagship, CHOKAI. I-65's report is wrong about Force Z's course and creates confusion. I-65 surfaces and starts a tail chase, but a rain squall cloaks the British ships.

A Kawanishi E7K Alf from KINU buzzes the I-65, its pilot mistaking her for an enemy submarine. I-65 crash-dives. When she surfaces 30 minutes later, the contact with Phillips' force is lost.

10 December 1941:
In the afternoon, Force Z is overwhelmed by torpedo-bombers of the 22nd Air Flotilla from Indochina. Both British capital ships are sunk.

13 December 1941:
Departs Camranh Bay, Indochina with CHOKAI. Provides cover for the Second Malaya Convoy NE of Kuantan.

16 December 1941:
Joins CruDiv 7's MOGAMI and MIKUMA and DesDiv 11's HATSUYUKI and SHIRAYUKI. Provides cover for the invasion landing at Kuantan, Malaya.

17 December 1941:
Provides cover for the invasion landing at Miri, northern Borneo with KUMANO and SUZUYA, light cruiser YURA, seaplane tender KAMIKAWA MARU, DesDiv 12's SHIRAKUMO, MURAKUMO and SHINONOME, a few subchasers, minesweeper W-7 and another minesweeper. Also present are DesDiv 11's FUBUKI and DesDiv 20's SAGIRI.

N of Miri, near Seria. In the darkness, SHINONOME completes escorting minesweeper W-7 and the troop transport HIYOSHI MARU to this landing site. Just after dawn, steaming alone off shore, SHINONOME is attacked by Dutch Dornier Do-24 K-1 flying-boat X-32 of Aircraft Group GVT-7 based at Tarakan, E Borneo. Of five 200-kg bombs she drops, X-32 scores two direct hits and a near-miss. An explosion severs the SHINONOME's stern and she sinks quickly with all hands - the first FUBUKI-class destroyer sunk in WWII.[1]

The invasion force goes ashore almost unopposed at Miri, Seria and Lutong. The 2,500 men of MajGen Kawaguchi Kiyotake's "Kawaguchi Detachment" and the No. 2 Yokosuka Special Naval Landing Force (SNLF) quickly capture Miri's airfield and oil fields.

23-24 December 1941:
Provides cover for the landing of the Kawaguchi Detachment and the No. 2 Yokosuka SNLF at Kuching, Sarawak (British Borneo) with KUMANO and SUZUYA, YURA, KAMIKAWA MARU and destroyers FUBUKI and SAGIRI. Also present are DesDiv 12's SHIRAKUMO, MURAKUMO and USUGUMO and minesweepers W-3 and W-6. West of the Covering Force is CruDiv 7/2's MIKUMA and MOGAMI with destroyer HATSUYUKI.

26 December 1941:
Returns to Camranh.

5 January 1942:
Departs Camranh to cover the Third Malaya Convoy.

9 January 1942:
Returns to Camranh.

16 January 1942:
Departs Camranh with CruDiv 4's CHOKAI, CruDiv 7's MOGAMI, MIKUMA, SUZUYA and KUMANO, light cruiser YURA and DesRon 3 in response to a false report that a British RENOWN-class battleship is at Singapore.

19 January 1942:
Returns to Camranh.

29 January 1942:
Departs Camranh to cover a convoy carrying personnel to establish an air base at Ledo, SW of Kuching, Sarawak (British Borneo).

11 February 1942:
Returns to Camranh.

17 February 1942:
Departs Camranh escorting SubRon 4's converted submarine tender NAGOYA MARU.

24 February 1942:
Arrives at Staring Bay, Celebes. Refuels and departs that same day escorting a troop convoy.

28 February -1 March 1942:
Off Tandjoeng Awar Awar, near Rembang, Java. That night, a force of Dutch motor torpedo boats (TM 6, 10, 15) unsuccessfully engage KINU.

1 March 1942:
Java Sea. 90 miles W of Surabaya, Java. The convoy is attacked by ten obsolete Vickers "Wildebeest" bi-plane bombers and 15 fighters of the Australian and New Zealand Air Forces. KINU is slightly damaged by near-misses and three men are killed by shrapnel. Army cargo ship TOKUSHIMA MARU and transport JOHORE MARU are also damaged in the attack.

2 March 1942:
Java Sea. N of Surabaya, Java. LtCdr (later Captain) Henry G. Munson's submarine USS S-38 (SS-143) attacks KINU at 6-27S, 112-12E, but all of the four torpedoes that he fires miss. Munson fires two torpedoes at a destroyer that also miss. The destroyers counter-attack and keep the S-38 down with depth charges for 24 hours.

6 March 1942:
Arrives at Staring Bay.

10 March 1942:
KINU is assigned to CruDiv 16.

17 March 1942:
Departs Staring Bay.

18 March 1942:
Arrives at Makassar, Celebes.

25 March 1942:
Departs Makassar.

28 March 1942:
Arrives at Ambon.

29 March 1942: The Invasion of Dutch New Guinea:
KINU is assigned to Rear Admiral (later Vice Admiral) Fujita Ruitaro's (former CO of FUSO) "N" Expeditionary Force that assembles at Ambon Island.

Fujita's Force includes CarDiv 11's seaplane carrier CHITOSE, KINU, DesDiv 16's YUKIKAZE and the TOKITSUKAZE, torpedo boats TOMOZURU, HATSUKARI, patrol boats PB-1, PB-2, PB-38 and PB-39, SubChasDiv 54's SHONAN MARU Nos. 5 and 17 and FUKEI MARU No. 15, oiler SEIAN MARU and transport HOKURIKU MARU plus a Naval Landing Force.

The "N" Expeditionary Force departs Ambon.

31 March 1942:
Arrives at Boela, Ceram Island.

1-23 April 1942:
Covers the invasion force's landings at Fak-Fak, Babo, Sorong, Manokwari, Moemi, Nabire, Seroei, Sarmi and Hollandia, New Guinea.

26 April 1942:
Arrives at Makassar, Celebes.

28 April 1942:
Departs Makassar.

29 April 1942:
Arrives at Surabaya, Java.

1 May 1942:
Departs Surabaya.

10 May 1942:
Arrives at Kure for an overhaul.

21 May 1942:
Drydocked.

28 May 1942:
Undocked.

5 June 1942:
Overhaul is completed. Departs Kure.

11 June 1942:
Arrives at Tarakan, Borneo. Refuels.

12 June 1942:
Departs Tarakan.

14 June 1942:
Arrives at Surabaya, Java.

20 June 1942:
Departs Surabaya.

21 June 1942:
Arrives at Batavia, Java.

29 June 1942:
Departs Batavia.

1 July 1942:
Arrives at Bandjarmasin, Borneo.

2 July 1942:
Departs Bandjarmasin.

3 July 1942:
Arrives at Makassar.

24 July 1942:
Departs Makassar.

27 July 1942:
Arrives at Singapore, Malaya.

28 July 1942:
Departs Singapore.

29 July 1942:
Arrives at Sabang, Sumatra.

30 July 1942:
Departs Sabang.

31 July 1942:
Arrives at Mergui, Burma.

7 August 1942: American Operation "Watchtower" - The Invasion of Guadalcanal, British Solomon Islands:
Rear Admiral (later Admiral) Richmond K. Turner's (former CO of ASTORIA, CA-34) Amphibious Task Force 62, covered by Vice Admiral (later Admiral) Frank J. Fletcher's Task Force 61 and Rear Admiral (later Admiral) John S. McCain's (former CO of RANGER, CV-4) Task Force 63's land-based aircraft, lands MajGen (later Gen/MOH/Commandant) Alexander A. Vandergrift's 1st Marine Division on Florida, Tulagi, Gavutu, Tanambogo and Guadalcanal opening the campaign to take the island.

9 August 1942:
Departs Mergui.

10 August 1942:
Arrives at Sabang.

11 August 1942:
Departs Sabang.

12 August 1942:
Arrives at Penang, Malaya.

18 August 1942:
Departs Penang. Arrives at Singapore, Malaya.

19 August 1942:
Departs Singapore.

21 August 1942:
Arrives at Surabaya.

23 August 1942:
Departs Surabaya.

24 August 1942:
Arrives at Kendari, Celebes.

25 August 1942:
Departs Kendari.

26 August 1942:
Moves to Staring Bay, Celebes.

29 August 1942:
Departs Staring Bay.

31 August 1942:
Arrives at Makassar.

8 September 1942:
Departs Makassar.

9 September 1942:
Arrives at Surabaya.

11 September 1942:
Departs Surabaya.

12 September 1942:
Arrives at Batavia.

12 September 1942:
Arrives at Batavia, Java (Jakarta, Indonesia).

13 September 1942:
Departs Batavia with light cruiser ISUZU. Escorts the first wave of transports from the Dutch East Indies to the Solomons carrying LtGen Maruyama Masao's 2nd Infantry Division’s advance party consisting of the 16th Infantry Regiment HQ and the 3rd Battalion, half of the AT [rapid fire artillery] Gun Company and half of the Regimental Gun Unit.

16 September 1942:
Arrives at Ambon, Moluccas.

17 September 1942:
Departs Ambon.

20 September 1942:
Arrives at Rabaul, New Britain.

21 September 1942:
Departs Rabaul.

22 September 1942:
Arrives at Shortland Island, Bougainville. Disembarks troops.

21 September 1942:
Departs Rabaul.

22 September 1942:
Arrives at Shortland Island, Bougainville. Disembarks troops and departs.

29 September 1942:
Arrives at Balikpapan, Borneo.

1 October 1942:
Departs Balikpapan.

2 October 1942:
Arrives at Surabaya. Refit.

10 October 1942:
Departs Surabaya.

14 October 1942:
Arrives at Kupang, Timor.

15 October 1942:
Departs Kupang.

16 October 1942:
Arrives at Makassar.

28 October 1942:
Departs Makassar.

29 October 1942:
Arrives at Balikpapan, Borneo.

30 October 1942:
Departs Balikpapan.

1 November 1942:
Arrives at Ambon.

2 November 1942:
Departs Ambon.

3 November 1942:
Arrives at Fak-Fak, New Guinea.

11 November 1942:
Departs Fak-fak.

14 November 1942:
Arrives at Ambon. Vice Admiral Takasu Shiro (former CO of ISUZU), CINC, SW Fleet, orders KINU, ASHIGARA and NATORI to prepare to engage an American-Australian landing on Timor that is expected to occur in December based on an intelligence report received from the Italians. Later, the report proves false.

24 November 1942:
Departs Ambon. Arrives at Sumba Island.

30 November 1942:
Departs Sumba.

30 November 1942:
Cruises off Timor.

2 December 1942:
Arrives at Sumba.

11 December 1942:
Departs Sumba.

13 December 1942:
Arrives at Makassar.

28 December 1942:
Departs Makassar.

29 December 1942:
Arrives at Surabaya.

31 December 1942:
Departs Surabaya.

2 January 1943:
Arrives at Singapore. Refit.

3 January 1943:
Drydocked.

9 January 1943:
Undocked.

19 January 1943:
Refit is completed. Departs Singapore.

21 January 1943:
Arrives at Surabaya. KINU is ordered to proceed to Makassar to assist light cruiser NATORI damaged by a single USAAF B-24 bomber at Amboina harbor on Ambon Island, Dutch New Guinea.

23 January 1943:
Departs Surabaya.

24 January 1943:
Arrives at Makassar.

27 January 1943:
Departs Makassar with NATORI.

31 January 1943:
Arrives at Singapore.

2 February 1943:
Departs Singapore.

5 February 1943:
Arrives at Makassar.

6 February 1943:
Departs Makassar.

8 February 1943:
Arrives at Ambon.

9 February 1943:
Departs Ambon.

12 February 1943:
Arrives at Surabaya.

21 February 1943:
Embarks Army troops. Departs Surabaya.

22 February 1943:
Arrives at Makassar.

23 February 1943:
Departs Makassar.

27 February 1943:
Arrives at Kaimana, New Guinea. Disembarks troops. Departs.

28 February 1943:
Arrives at Kabui, New Guinea. Disembarks troops.

9 March 1943:
Departs Kabui.

13 March 1943:
Arrives at Tarakan. Refuels.

15 March 1943:
Departs Tarakan.

16 March 1943:
Arrives at Makassar. Remains as a guard ship.

22 March 1943:
Captain (later Rear Admiral) Uehara Yoshio (former CO of AO ERIMO) assumes command. Captain (later Rear Admiral) Kato is later reassigned as CO of MAYA.

12 April 1943:
Departs Makassar.

13 April 1943:
Arrives at Batavia.

25 April 1943:
Departs Batavia.

27 April 1943:
Arrives at Singapore. Begins refit.

13 May 1943:
Departs Singapore.

14 May 1943:
Arrives at Lingga.

15 May 1943:
Departs Lingga.

17 May 1943:
Arrives at Batavia.

20 May 1943:
Departs Batavia.

21 May 1943:
Arrives at Surabaya.

29 May 1943:
Embarks Army troops. Departs Surabaya.

30 May 1943:
Arrives at Makassar.

31 May 1943:
Departs Makassar.

2 June 1943:
Arrives at Ambon.

3 June 1943:
Departs Ambon.

5 June 1943:
Arrives at Babo, New Guinea. Disembarks troops and departs.

6 June 1943:
Arrives at Bula, New Guinea. Disembarks troops and departs.

8 June 1943:
Arrives at Batjan, Halmahera, New Guinea and departs.

10 June 1943:
Arrives at Makassar.

23 June 1943:
Makassar Roads. CruDiv 16's KINU and KUMA are anchored at Juliana Quay alongside OI and KITAKAMI. The cruisers are attacked by 17 Consolidated B-24 "Liberator" bombers of the 319th Squadron/90th Bomb Group (H) of the 5th Air Force. All four light cruisers are straddled by near-misses, but suffer only slight damage. A fuel dump is set afire and many buildings along Juliana Quay and in the town area are damaged or demolished.

24 June 1943:
CruDiv 16's flag is transferred from KINU to KUMA. Both cruisers then depart Makassar.

25 June 1943:
Arrives at Surabaya.

30 June 1943:
Begins battle damage repairs to her hull.

18 July 1943:
Repairs are completed.

20 July 1943:
Departs Surabaya.

21 July 1943:
Arrives at Makassar.

22 July 1943:
Departs Makassar.

27 July 1943:
Arrives at Mako, Pescadores.

30 July 1943:
Departs Mako.

2 August 1943:
Arrives at Kure. Begins refit and modifications. Her Nos. 5 and 7 140-mm guns are removed as are her catapult and derrick. A twin 127-mm HA gun is fitted as are two triple mount Type 96 25-mm AA guns. This brings KINU's 25-mm AA suite to ten barrels (2x3, 2x2). A type 21 air search radar is also fitted and depth charge rails are added to her stern.

17 August 1943:
Drydocked.

27 August 1943:
Undocked.

25 September 1943:
Drydocked.

27 September 1943:
Undocked.

14 October 1943:
Refit and modifications are completed. Begins loading Army troops and supplies.

19 October 1943:
Departs Kure.

26 October 1943:
Arrives at Singapore. Disembarks troops and off-loads supplies.

4 November 1943:
Departs Singapore. Arrives at Lingga. Battle training.

26 November 1943:
Departs Lingga. Arrives at Singapore.

30 November 1943:
Departs Singapore.

2 December 1943:
Arrives at Malacca, Malaya.

7 December 1943:
Departs Malacca.

8 December 1943:
Arrives at Penang.

11 December 1943:
Departs Penang.

12 December 1943:
Arrives at Sabang.

13 December 1943:
Departs Sabang.

21 December 1943:
Arrives at Batavia.

23 December 1943:
Departs Batavia.

24 December 1943:
Arrives at Surabaya.

25 December 1943:
Departs Surabaya.

27 December 1943:
Arrives at Tarakan. Refuels.

30 December 1943:
Departs Tarakan. Tows damaged oiler HAYATOMO.

8 January 1944:
Arrives at Singapore. Begins refit.

16 January 1944:
Refit is completed. Departs Singapore. Arrives at Lingga.

21 January 1944:
Departs Lingga. Arrives at Singapore.

23 January 1944:
Embarks troops. Departs Singapore. KINU and AOBA accompany light cruisers OI and KITAKAMI escorted by destroyer SHIKINAMI on a troop transport run.

25 January 1944:
Indian Ocean. Arrives at Port Blair, Andaman Islands. Disembarks troops.

27 January 1944:
KINU arrives at Penang.

That same day, SW of Penang, in the Malacca Straits KITAKAMI is torpedoed by Royal Navy Lt D. J. B. Beckley's submarine HMS TEMPLAR. Damaged KITAKAMI puts into Angsa Bay, Malaya.

28 January 1944:
KINU departs Penang.

30 January 1944:
Arrives at Angsa Bay and takes KITAKAMI in tow, escorted by destroyer SHIKINAMI.

31 January 1944:
Destroyer URANAMI arrives from Singapore to assist KINU in towing KITAKAMI.

1 February 1944:
KINU tows KITAKAMI into Seletar Naval Base, Singapore. KITAKAMI begins repairs.

4 February 1944:
Captain (later Rear Admiral) Itakura Tokushi (former CO of MUROTO) assumes command.

7 February 1944:
Departs Singapore. Arrives at Lingga. Battle training.

22 February 1944:
Departs Lingga. Arrives at Singapore.

27 February 1944:
Departs Singapore with OI and URANAMI, AMAGIRI and SHIKINAMI.

3 March 1944:
Arrives at Batavia.

6 March 1944:
Departs Batavia. Arrives at Bangka.

14 March 1944:
Departs Bangka.

15 March 1944:
Arrives at Singapore.

19 March 1944:
Departs Singapore.

20 March 1944:
Arrives at Bangka area.

25 March 1944:
Departs Bangka area.

2 April 1944:
KINU departs Singapore carrying ammunition with cruiser AOBA, light cruiser OI, destroyer AMAGIRI and two unidentified destroyers.

4 April 1944:
At 1900, the AOBA group arrives at Balikpapan. Refuels and takes on fresh provisions.

5 April 1944:
Departs Balikpapan.

7 April 1944:
Arrives at Davao.

13 April 1944:
Departs Davao.

17 April 1944:
Arrives at Saipan.

23 April 1944:
Loads Army troops and supplies. Departs Saipan for Palau with light cruiser YUBARI and destroyers SAMIDARE and YUZUKI.

27 April 1944:
Arrives at Tokobae, Celebes. Disembarks troops and departs.

28 April 1944:
Arrives at Davao.

30 April 1944:
Departs Davao.

1 May 1944:
Arrives at Tarakan, Borneo. Refuels. Joins CruDiv 16's flagship, AOBA, that was already there.

5 May 1944:
Departs Tarakan escorting an oiler.

10 May 1944:
Arrives at Balikpapan. Refuels.

15 May 1944:
Departs Balikpapan escorting a convoy.

19 May 1944:
KINU receives fresh provisions replenishment from stores ship KITAKAMI MARU.

21 May 1944:
Arrives at Tarakan.

27 May 1944: American Operation "Horlicks" - The Invasion of Biak:
Rear Admiral (later Admiral/CNO) William M. Fechteler's (former CO of INDIANA, BB-58) Task Force 77 lands MajGen Horace H. Fuller's 41st Division on Biak off New Guinea.

30 May 1944:
CruDiv 16's KINU, AOBA, and DesDiv 19's SHIKINAMI, URANAMI and DesDiv 27's SHIGURE depart Tarakan.

31 May 1944: Operation "Kon" - The Reinforcement of Biak:
Arrives at Zamboanga on Mindanao, Philippines to cover the Biak troop reinforcement convoy. CruDiv 16, minelayer ITSUKUSHIMA and the destroyers embark 2,300 men and depart. Battleship FUSO and CruDiv 5's MYOKO and HAGURO and five destroyers provide distant cover for the Kon troop transport forces.

1 June 1944:
Arrives at Davao.

2 June 1944:
Departs Davao for Biak with transport units and escorts. After being sighted by two B-24 bombers, the operation is canceled.

4 June 1944:
At Sorong. Disembarks troops.

5 June 1944:
Departs Sorong with AOBA for Misool Island area. ComCruDiv 16 Rear Admiral Sakonjo Naomasa (former CO of AOBA) transfers his flag to SHIKINAMI. A troop transport run to Biak is aborted due to enemy interception. SHIKINAMI suffers minor damage in air attacks due to strafing.

6 June 1944:
Anchored off Weigo Island, Vogelkop, New Guinea. KINU and AOBA are attacked unsuccessfully by B-24 bombers of the Fifth Air Force's 380th Group.

7 June 1944:
N of Misool Island. KINU and AOBA rendezvous with DesDivs 19 and 27. Depart Misool that day.

8-9 June 1944:
At Ambon for refueling, then to Salawati Island, near Vogelkop.

10 June 1944:
Rear Admiral Sakonjo transfers his flag back to the AOBA.

11 June 1944:
KINU and AOBA arrive at Batjan. Captain Kawasaki Harumi assumes command of the KINU.

That same day, CruDiv 5's MYOKO and HAGURO arrive at Batjan from Davao.

12 June 1944: American Operation "Forager" - The Invasion of Saipan:
Vice Admiral (later Admiral) Richmond K. Turner's (former CO of ASTORIA, CA-34) Task Force 52 lands Marine LtGen Holland M. Smith's V Amphibious Corps and the invasion of Saipan begins.

Batjan. Vice Admiral Ugaki Matome's (former CO of HYUGA) Operation Kon Task Force's BatDiv 1 YAMATO and MUSASHI, DesRon 2's light cruiser NOSHIRO with DesDiv 4's OKINAMI, SHIMAKAZE, ASAGUMO, MAIKAZE and MICHISHIO and DesRon 10's YAMAGUMO and NOWAKI arrive from Tawi Tawi.

Operation Kon is "postponed".

13 June 1944:
Batjan. At 2200, Ugaki's Task Force departs.

14 June 1944:
KINU, AOBA and URANAMI depart Batjan. Arrives at Obi Major Island, Celebes.

17 June 1944:
Departs Obi Major Island.

18 June 1944:
Arrives at Bangka Roads.

25 June 1944:
Departs Bangka Roads.

27 June 1944:
Arrives at Makassar.

28 June 1944:
Departs Makassar.

2 July 1944:
Arrives at Seletar Naval Base, Singapore. KINU begins a refit by the 101st Repair Facility.

12 July 1944:
In dock.

19 July 1944:
Undocked.

24 July 1944:
Refit is completed.

25 July 1944:
Departs Singapore. Arrives at Lingga that same day.

7 August 1944:
KINU and URANAMI depart Lingga on a transport run via Brunei to Manila.

11 August 1944:
Arrives at Manila.

20 August 1944: KINU and destroyer SHIGURE are enroute from Palau via Cebu to Manila; but are diverted to assist NATORI, torpedoed on 18 Aug by USS HARDHEAD, but are unable to locate her.

25 August 1944:
Departs Manila via Coron for Lingga escorted by SHIGURE.

2 September 1944:
Arrives at Lingga.

25 September 1944: Operation "SHO-I-GO" - The Defense of the Philippines:
Crudiv 16's KINU, AOBA and destroyer URANAMI are assigned to Vice Admiral Kurita Takeo's (former CO of KONGO) First Raiding Force.

29 September 1944:
Lingga anchorage. KINU receives fresh provisions replenishment from stores ship KITAKAMI MARU.

11 October 1944:
Lingga. AOBA collides with KINU in a training accident. Both ships are slightly damaged.

15 October 1944:
ComCruDiv 16 Rear Admiral Sakonjo is promoted Vice Admiral.

18 October 1944:
Crudiv 16's AOBA, KINU and destroyer URANAMI depart Lingga with the fleet for Brunei Bay, Borneo.

20 October 1944:
Arrives at Brunei.

21 October 1944: "Operation TA" - The Reinforcement of Leyte:
Crudiv 16 is detached from Vice Admiral Kurita's Force to assist the Southwest Area Fleet's transport of 2,500 soldiers of the 41st Regiment from Cagayan, Mindanao to Ormoc, Leyte. At 1700, Crudiv 16 departs Brunei.

23 October 1944:
At 0240, Cdr W. G. Chapple's USS BREAM (SS-243) picks up CruDiv 16 on radar and begins tracking to intercept the Japanese. At 0324, Chapple fires six torpedoes at AOBA. One hits in her No. 2 engine room. AOBA takes on a 13 degree list to starboard. Rear Admiral Sakonjo transfers to KINU. At 0815, KINU tows AOBA to the Cavite Navy Yard near Manila for emergency repairs.

At 0815, AOBA is towed by KINU to the Cavite Navy Yard near Manila.

At 1422, USN codebreakers intercept and decrypt a message that reads: “AOBA was torpedoed by an enemy submarine and taken in tow by the KITAGAMI (sic). 0900 posit. Was ---- from Cabra Island----"

24 October 1944:
In the morning, KINU and URANAMI sortie from Cavite for Cagayan. CruDiv 16 is attacked by aircraft from Rear Admiral (later Admiral) Frederick C. Sherman's (former CO of LEXINGTON (CV-2) Task Group 38.3's carriers USS ESSEX (CV-9) and LEXINGTON (CV-16). Near misses cause light structural damage, but strafing kills 47 crewmen aboard the KINU and 25 crewmen on URANAMI.

25 October 1944:
Arrives at Cagayan. Naval transports T.6, T.9 and T.10 each embark 350 troops and T.101 and T.102 each load 400 men. In the morning, they depart for Ormoc as CruDiv 16 arrives. KINU embarks 347 men and URANAMI 150 men, then they depart Cagayan.

26 October 1944:
Visayan Sea, Jintotolo Channel. At 1020, KINU and URANAMI are attacked by 75-80 aircraft from two groups of Task Group 77.4's escort carriers. TBM "Avenger" torpedo-bombers from USS NATOMA BAY (CVE-62) and 12 Avengers and FM-2 "Wildcat" fighters of VC-21 from MARCUS ISLAND (CVE-77) make repeated bomb, rocket and strafing hits on KINU and URANAMI.

An Avenger from MANILA BAY (CVE-61) scores two bomb hits on KINU and several rocket hits on URANAMI. URANAMI sinks around noon.

At 1130, two more waves of aircraft attack. A third bomb hits an engine room aft and sets KINU ablaze. She remains afloat, but unnavigable and begins to settle by the stern. Naval transports arrive at mid-afternoon.

At 1720, Captain Kawasaki orders Abandon Ship. T.6, T.9 and T.10 rescue most of KINU's crew of 813 men including Captain Kawasaki. The transports each take on about 300 survivors. Rear Admiral Sakonjo transfers his flag to T.10 and makes Manila the next day. At 1730, KINU sinks by the stern in 150 feet of water 44 miles SW of Masbate.

20 December 1944:
Removed from the Navy List.

15 July 1945:
Divers from USS CHANTICLEER (ASR-7) find and explore the wreck and recover documents and several coding machines.[2]


Authors' Notes:
[1] Mt. Niitaka, Formosa, is then the highest point in the Japanese Empire.

[2] Original research by Jan Visser of the "Royal Netherlands Navy Warships in World War II" website at http://leden.tref.nl/~jviss000/Default.htm

[3] For more about the wreck of KINU and other IJN warships see Located & Surveyed Shipwrecks of the Japanese Navy

Special thanks for assistance in researching the IJN officers mentioned in this TROM go to Mr. Jean-François Masson of Canada. Thanks also go to "Adm. Gurita" of the Netherlands. Thanks also go to John Whitman for decrypt info and troop info in Rev 4. and to John and Gengoro Toda for info on stores ship KITAKAMI MARU.

Bob Hackett and Sander Kingsepp.


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